I have always used AutoCAD mechanical but I am currently evaluating 3D
design Software. I have narrowed my choices down to Solidworks,
Autodesk Inventor, or Solid Edge. I have heard good things about
Solidworks, but I'm having a hard time obtaining a demo CD from my
The Autodesk and Solid edge reseller's sent out demo CD's right away
and Autodesk even sent a very helpful book. When I contacted
Solidworks, they referred me to a local reseller. I called the reseller
and they wanted me to come to a meeting in order to check out a demo.
Some time passed & I contacted the reseller again explaining that I am
far to busy to attend any type of meeting. The Solidworks reseller said
that they could send a personal edition trial that expires in 90 days
or a professional version that expires in 15 days. Since the personal
version did not have rendering, animation, or data translation, I told
them I needed the Professional 15 day trial. Actually, I had heard
Solidworks had great rendering and animation and those were two of the
most important features I wanted to check out. I mainly do mechanical
drawings, parts & assemblies, but I also need something that is good
After I told the reseller that I wanted to try the Professional version
15 day trial, they said I had to send them a signed purchase order for
the program. I felt that this request was very premature, since I am
only evaluating the software at this stage. The Solidworks reseller
said they would tear up the purchase order if the program did not fit
my needs, but I do not feel comfortable sending them a signed purchase
order for the program at this stage. I did tell them I would pay for
the CD and shipping, but I have not heard back from them.
It seems Solidworks is making it very hard to obtain a demo, which is
strange because if they want to make a sale, you would think they would
have no problem sending out a demo. I would like to try the Solidworks
demo and compare it to the Inventor and Solid Edge demo's, but I am not
comfortable sending Solidworks a signed purchase order for the program
just to get a 15 day demo to test.
Has anyone else run into this type of problem before ? I would
appreciate any advice or recommendations for another reseller. You can
reach me via this forum or at the yahoo email given in this forum.
Thanks for your help.
- posted 15 years ago